Fazel Rabi Haqbeen


Listening to the Voice of Afghan Civil Society at the Tokyo Ministerial

June 27, 2012


“Afghanistan transition, 2014.” Ask citizens of countries engaged in Afghanistan since 2001 what this target date means, and the answer is likely to center on bringing home troops and resources. But ask the people of Afghanistan what 2014 means, and the answer is more likely to reflect anxiety…


Afghans Optimistic about Reconstruction, Report Progress in Day-to-Day Needs Being Met

November 16, 2011


For the first time since 2007, respondents in The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Survey of the Afghan People cited reconstruction and rebuilding as the most important reason for optimism. The level of optimism for reconstruction and rebuilding…


Regional Peace Consultations in Afghanistan Reveal Top Recommendations from Communities, Civil Society

October 19, 2011


On September 20, former president and head of Afghanistan’s peace process, Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, received an urgent call while in Dubai: Taliban leaders were ready to talk peace, he was told, and he rushed back to his home in Kabul.


Afghanistan’s Parliament Convenes, but Divide Between Winners and Losers Deepens

January 26, 2011


Yesterday, Afghanistan’s National Assembly (parliament) convened amid controversy and relief that a constitutional crisis had been averted. The day before the inauguration, a number of election candidates spent the night at the Presidential Palace to protest President Karzai’s decision…


Can Afghanistan’s Traditional Jirgas Bring Hope for Peace?

June 23, 2010


During last year’s presidential election, Hamid Karzai promised to call a jirga to promote peace and reconciliation for Afghanistan’s future. After two postponements, the peace jirga finally took place in early June with 1,700 delegates gathering in Kabul. Some in the Afghan and international press have criticized the results, but the primary goal… Read more


Donor Community Must Allow Afghans to Assume Control

August 5, 2009


“In 2001, when foreign militaries – including the American, Belgian, British, Canadian, Danish, German, Italian, and Turkish – entered the country, Afghans welcomed them warmly, strewing flowers as they passed through towns and villages. There was widespread hope that the country would finally see peace and stability after decades of war. Eight yea… Read more